CES 2014: Two New “Art and Contemporary” Lenses from Sigma

Coming off the heels of an exciting year of lens announcements from Sigma, they have started 2014 with two more notable lens announcements as part of the Art and Contemporary lines of their Global Vision structure: the 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM and the 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM.

Editor's Note: this post was written by Bjorn Petersen

Exclusive Early Look at PhotoPlus 2013

Just a couple of blocks from the B&H SuperStore in Manhattan, the 2013 PDN PhotoPlus International Conference + Expo is set to kick off. We stopped by with our cameras to get a quick look at the show floor on Wednesday afternoon, but the real action starts on Thursday. Join us right here at B&H Insights, where our writers will be posting their impressions of the show, our video team will be posting segments as they walk the floor, and our social media team will be sharing on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. If you can't be in New York City for PhotoPlus, this destination is the next best thing. Keep it locked at B&H Insights, and have a great show!

How I Got the Shot: David Kingham on Snowy Range Perseids

The Perseids is one of the most active meteor showers in the sky, and it acts as an annual challenge for photographers wishing to capture its majesty. The image above is entitled Snowy Range Perseids, and it was created in 2012 by astrophotography expert David Kingham. In this installment of How I Got the Shot, David shares the gear he took along on the shoot, the settings he used, and he provides crucial tips on how to carry out the post-production processing.

Editor's Note: this is a guest blog post by David Kingham

The Visual Engineering of Benjamin Von Wong

Montreal-based artist Benjamin Von Wong is known for creating evocative, otherworldly images, and last month he gained notoriety as one of the creators behind the viral hit Nikon Symphony—which made music with the electronic sounds of 14 different DSLR bodies. Ben inhabits an uncanny ability to inspire others through his work. We caught up with him in Vancouver, Canada, to find out how he feels about collaboration, limitation, and the tricky balance of being a technician and an artist. Read on to get a taste of his infectious enthusiasm for life and creativity.

How I Got the Shot: David H Wells on a Scene out of India

BHInsights blogger David Wells has been a busy man! He was recently on an assignment that tasked him to photograph the historically-significant Islamic architecture in Bijapur, in the Southern Indian state of Karnataka, for Saudi Aramco World Magazine. They were quite tedious to get to, since there is no commercial airport in Bijapur, and during the short window of time that he had for the shoot, no trains could be found from Mumbai, to get him to and from that city with enough time to do the kind of photography he was expected to do.

Capturing the photo above was not only quite a physical task, but also required lots of knowledge and understanding of exposures and metering. Here's David Wells, explaining how he got the shot:

How to Create Vintage-Inspired Magic

When I first started to do some research for this article, I decided to look up the word "Magic" because that’s how I feel about photography and—for that matter—any other art form. These are the words used to describe Magic: Enchanted, Thrilling, Powerful, Mystery, Supernatural, and Exquisite. If someone were to describe my work, these would certainly be the words I would want them to use. So the question remains: How do you create Magic with your work? How can you design a beautiful portrait of a person, landscape, animal, food etc. that warrants this kind of description? Let’s not forget that we are also trying to make money and stand out from the crowd—at least that’s what I’m trying to do.

For me, the magic process begins with the image I’ve created in the camera. Lighting is everything. It’s my primary concern, regardless of what I’m photographing. In my case, though, it’s usually a person. I make my living photographing children and families, and creating maternity portraits.

Editor's Note: This is a guest blog post from Judy Host of the Monte Zucker Creative Design Tour. BHInsights readers get a discount with customer code BNHCDTS.

How I Got the Shot: Adam Taylor on a Surreal Landscape Photo

Take a look at the super-cool landscape photo above. How do you think it was shot? The scene was photographed by photographer Adam Taylor, and we were fortunate enough to have the opportunity to pick his brain on how he achieved the final result.

For even more education, you can check out the rest of our "How I Got the Shot" series of blog posts.

Vivian Cherry: Vignettes from a Lifetime

Vivian Cherry, a recent recipient of the B&H Photo Lifetime Achievement Award, has a new memoir out, Vignettes: Chapters from a Life. VIGNETTES, a collection of chapters from the life of Vivian Cherry, integrates two art forms, memoir and photography. Ms. Cherry is a quintessential New Yorker, born of immigrant parents. The book is a stunning account of the past of a photographer who came of age during WWII in NYC. She is also one of the last surviving Photo League members at 92 years old as of the publication of this article.

We recently talked to Vivian a bit about her experiences as a photographer during her years and years of shooting.

Other than Ansel

We can all appreciate the beloved Ansel Adams. He was one of the greats. His story is inspiring, fascinating and enduring. The man worked as a custodian in Yosemite National Park in order to live in the beauty he so much appreciated and desired to record. He seemed a harmonious blend of romantic artist and master technician. He devoted his life to the pursuit of what he loved. As a darkroom junkie myself, the first time I saw an Ansel print in person, printed by his own hands, I admit that a tear, (yes, a tear) fell down my face. The sheer craftsmanship of his prints was surprisingly moving. I am not here to dispute the fact that Ansel Adams was one of America’s greatest and seminal landscape photographers. I am here, however, to challenge you to find another one. After Ansel, who is your favorite photographer?

Four Tips on Traveling Light as a Photographer

Before you know it, vacation time will be here. You'll want to capture lots of photos to document your experiences. It’s usually a good idea to have a bag in which to carry your camera and associated gear. But you won't want to pack too much, lest your shoulders and back start to hurt from carrying around lots of gear for long periods.

If you're planning on traveling soon, here are a few tips on how to keep your bag light.


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